A new book detailing the dramatic final hours of the Clinton campaign describes how "Obama's legacy and her dreams of the presidency lay shattered at Donald Trump's feet".
Hillary Clinton not only had to call President-Elect Donald Trump to congratulate him on his surprising election win last November, the 69-year-old was also forced to phone President Obama to apologize for her shameful loss. Steve Schale, among the most reliable Democratic strategists in the state, informed Clinton's campaign they were short on votes.
Though she faced pressure from some top advisors to stay in the race, Clinton's mind was made up after her call with Obama, the authors say.
In fact, almost everyone in the business of politics thought she would win --including many of Trump's own people.
According to Parnes and Allen, the Clinton campaign reached out to the Sanders team in September 2016 after she had defeated Sanders in the Democratic Primary under dubious circumstances.
Soon after she had conceded defeat to Trump, Clinton aide Huma Abedin informed her in her room at the Peninsula Hotel in Manhattan that Obama was on the phone once again.
"It's not my job anymore to do this", she said, her voice growing more forceful. They were proposing Clinton do a series of interviews with television "beat reporters", the journalists who covered Clinton's every move on the campaign trail, beginning with me. And we know how the Clintons responded, at the moment when the country told them: No more.
Her campaign was badly organized - The campaign lacked focus and had power decentralized, making it hard to focus on particular issues.
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"Mr. President", she said.
The two candidates were brought to the line and Mrs Clinton conceded. FBI Director James Comey said on the same day as the event that he would not recommend charges against Clinton over her use of the private server.
The presidential election of 2016 shocked the world, but no one was more shocked than Hillary Clinton.
The calls from President Obama started after Wisconsin was called for Donald Trump.
In fact, the book often dwells on her problematic speech prep.
Bill Clinton's chief of staff, Tina Flournoy, "mentioned to him and a small group of his aides that she was going to see the Rolling Stones in Europe".
The role of Russian interference in the United States election, now the subject of three investigations in Washington, is barely explored in the book, although the authors do say that Clinton's former aides see it as one of the main reasons for her loss.